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Standard User mlmclaren
(regular) Thu 17-Apr-14 10:53:35
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What ISP for FTTC?


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Hi

I'm going to eventually leave Virgin Media for FTTC.

My question today is what providers could you all recommend.

I would be wanting a Static IP, No Fair Use or Traffic Management and flexibility to use own equipment without a big ball-ache like Sky.

If you could post some speedtest results and BQM's to that would be great.

Regards.

MLM
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Thu 17-Apr-14 11:08:48
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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FTTC speeds are directly related to your distance from the Openreach fibre cabinet.

Assuming you only have a cable phone number, use the address option of this checker to get your cabinet number and estimated speeds. Do not use the pure postcode checker as it can be very wrong.

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Connection - Plusnet UnLim Fibre (FTTC). Sync ~ 58.7/14.6Mbps @ 600m. - BQM

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(staff) Thu 17-Apr-14 11:13:16
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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Zen pops into my mind unlimited with static IP.

http://www.thinkbroadband.com/isp/zen/package/1356.html

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Standard User francisuk25
(learned) Thu 17-Apr-14 11:31:08
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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I switched from Virgin Media to Sky FTTC 40/10 then to 80/20 for £10 extra and it was the best move i ever done since the Virgin CMTS was overloaded during peak hours, Sky T&C say you cant put a 3rd party router on but people have done it successfully. And also truely unlimited and no traffic management. Speed and Ping wise take a look here http://forums.thinkbroadband.com/fibre/t/4321811-re-...

Also i asked for a Static IP but unfortunately since im on the FTTC package is not available to me but ADSL2 was (maybe from Be/O2 IPs)

Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro Since 02/12/2013, Sync speeds:
DownStream Connection Speed: 57146
UpStream Connection Speed: 19075
Sky Hub SR101 & Openreach VDSL2 modem
My Broadband Ping
Network Traffic SNMP Monitoring via odmon.com

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Thu 17-Apr-14 11:51:32
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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Look at BT Business - Static IP (which is rare) you can use whatever you want on the end but most I know have the BT modem followed by their own choice of router. Good tech support, next day repair, guaranteed minimum thoughput ...

My speedtests give a consistent rate with just a small variation (to be expected) and BQM results:

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Standard User mlmclaren
(regular) Thu 17-Apr-14 14:46:13
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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I understand how it works, there isn't yet any FTTC in my area but exchange has finally become under evaluation.

Want to get a big list together and get all information and reviews possible so when its finally here I will get the best.

I use the connection for all sorts and some months reaching over 1TB usage.

I use it mainly for streaming, downloading (Large Amounts), VoIP, Online Gaming, Online Storage transfers.

Uploading is very important as well as low latency.

Zen has sprung to mind a few times, I think a business connection is the way for me to go really.

Would I be right in saying that a business connection get higher priority over residential connections at peak times or would I have to find an ISP that specifically supports that?

MLM
Standard User Zadeks
(experienced) Thu 17-Apr-14 15:42:59
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Zen
Standard User R0NSKI
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Apr-14 15:59:45
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Re: What ISP for FTTC?


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I'm on Plusnet, can use whatever router you want, have a static IP, which nowadays is a one off charge of £5.

They have traffic prioritisation, which is not traffic management, last month I shifted over 600 GB of data.

Standard User mlmclaren
(regular) Thu 17-Apr-14 18:32:34
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OK, well still undecided really... going to take a while to decide...

Zen is looking good at the moment but need to find out about line activation and charges.

Might have line rental with one and broadband with other.

Does anyone know how much Zen charge for new line activation or install.

I was looking at plus.net but not too sure as prioritization will cost £7 on top of package.

MLM
Standard User R0NSKI
(fountain of knowledge) Thu 17-Apr-14 18:39:52
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What do you mean by prioritisation? Do you mean the pro add on? From what I remember that's really not needed these days on FTTC.

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